SEX 19 DE JULHO DE 2019 - 09:07hs.
Deusdina dos Reis Pereira

Ethics Committee absolves former VP of Caixa's Lotteries

The president of the Brazilian Committee of Public Ethics of the Presidency, Mauro Menezes, said yesterday (Monday, 19), that the collegiate decided, by 3 votes to 2, to absolve former vice-president of Caixa, Deusdina dos Reis Pereira (Government Funds and Lotteries), from the charge of influence traffic when negotiating position in a state company in exchange for release of credit.

"The councilors, by majority, understood that the electronic message sent by the former vice president of the Caixa to the current president of Cemig, would not be enough to set up an ethical infraction," Menezes said.

The case was opened in committee last November. The collegiate analyzed the suspicion that Deusdina had used corporate email to "exchange interests" in the granting of a cash loan of R$200 million from Caixa to Companhia Energética de Minas Gerais (Cemig), receiving in exchange a position at the company's board of directors. The case was referred to the commission by Caixa itself.

"The councilors, by majority, understood that the electronic message sent by the former vice president of Caixa to the current president of Cemig would not be sufficient to establish an ethical infraction. It was not enough to establish that there would have been influence peddling or undue influence. It was a decision taken by 3 votes to 2," said the committee chair.

Deusdina dos Reis Pereira had been removed from office by President Michel Temer in January of this year. In the same month, she was removed from the vice-presidency by Caixa's Board of Directors.

The lawsuit was resumed this Monday after a request made by Mauro Menezes at the last meeting last month. At that time, the councilors decided to apply ethical censorship as punishment to the former Minister of Industry, Marcos Pereira, and former Caixa vice-president Antônio Carlos Ferreira.

Source: GMB